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Wine, Küchenmeister and Bocksbeutel

After a long trail on a mountain bike I need something refreshing in my glass. The wine of the day comes from Franconia, where I was born. The Rödelseer Küchenmeister 2017 from the Weltner winery is a refreshing Silvaner. I like the flagship variety of my Franconian home particularly when the vines grow on the characteristic Gipskeuper soils. The high lime share gives elegance and precision. This also applies to the Weltners’ wine. Fresh, lemon, with a wonderful mineral finish. The site “Küchenmeister” was first mentioned in 1360. The name goes back to the noble family of the Küchenmeisters, who lived in the village at that time.

The bottle shape is also historical.The Bocksbeutel bottle was first mentioned in records in the middle of the 17th century. Later, in 1728 the Bocksbeutel bottle was reserved by the Würzburg City Council for the  “Stein” vineyard. The bottle with its characteristic seal was one of the first official anti-fraud instruments to prevent the sale of fake “Stein” wine in the wine bars. 

Many historians trace the name Bocksbeutel and the bottle shape back to the scrotum of the male goat. Others trace it back to the old leather bottles of pilgrims and solders. A third interpretation highlight the similarity to the old german word of  “booksbüdel”, which means “book bag”. 

However, I like the shape of the bottle, even if it seems a little out of time today.